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Grateful Dead Live at Baltimore Civic Center on 1977-05-26

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Grateful Dead Live at Baltimore Civic Center on 1977-05-26

Topics Live concert

The Music Never Stopped, Sugaree, Mama Tried, Sunrise, Deal, Passenger, Brown Eyed Women, Looks Like Rain, Jack A Roe, Minglewood Blues, Bertha Samson & Delilah, High Time, Big River, Terrapin Station-> Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Around & Around, E: Uncle John's Band

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Baltimore Civic Center
Location Baltimore, MD

Source Soundboard
Lineage Soundboard > 7 inch Master Reels @7.5ips 1/2 track -> DAT(s) -> ZA2 -> CDR (x1)-> EAC -> SHN
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Soundboard > 7 inch Master Reels @7.5ips 1/2 track -> DAT(s) -> ZA2 -> CDR (x1)-> EAC -> SHN; with AUD patches (and other fixes) by Scott Clugston, using Master Audience Cassette: Sony ECM-33p mics > Sony TC-158 > D source, taped by Jerry Moore; to etree via Darrin Sacks; see info file for details, other comments and credits


Reviewer: Brucejuice2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 18, 2017
Subject: Love the energy of 77
Hello all,

Been going show by show through 1977 and am simply floored by the energy of the band and the overall quality of play. I saw 44 shows from 83 to 92 and while there were some great moments and a few highlights, other than Roanoke, I never witnessed anything comparable to what I am hearing here. And let's be honest, even the Roanoke show I saw when Jerry was on fire was just a reminder of how insanely good he used to be.


Yeah, there was some great interplay between the band members in 91 but Garcia had lost several steps on his playing and, overall, the band just didn't seem to have the same stamina and endurance that we can witness night after night trolling through the 77 archive.

I think the tragedy of this band is that when Garcia was at his absolute highest high and the band was locked in instrumentally, the performances are marred by a backup singer who just could not hear herself on stage and produced cringe worthy moments at every turn.

And, as much as I love what Brent brought to the band, he couldn't overcome Garcia's drug addled performances. If only they had fired Donna earlier.
Reviewer: patnem2003 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 2, 2017
Subject: *****
***** fur sure!

Love Jerry's slinky playin' all over the place. He was dialed in fur sure. Get it before the grandkids want a piece of the action.
Reviewer: smat2hews - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 1, 2014
Subject: Great Show!
From my perspective this show is surprisingly good with great sound quality. Surprising because I was at this show, about 15 rows back on the floor center, and don't remember it being THIS good. Likely because I didn't have a plethora of shows to compare it to, and probably didn't know at the time that I bearing witness to one of their many peaks over the years. What I do remember was that everyone politely stayed in their seats through the entire show! No need to "take a step back".... That's the way a lot of these indoor shows were of this era were due to the heavy-handed goons they hired for security. I suspect that also had an impact on the overall intensity of a show on any given night, and probably the reason this show doesn't stand out as one of my all-time holy-sh*t dead-show memories. This show is played well and has great sound quality, but still doesn't seem to top Cornell from a few weeks earlier!
Reviewer: Ucbearcat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2013
Subject: Ladies and Gentlemen
Thank You!!!
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 27, 2013
Subject: --
One of the rather overlooked - shall I say? - shows of the fabled Spring '77 tour....or, rather, one of those that's easy to simply let slip by....not that there's any excuse - it's as good as any of the others, yo!

Set 1 is workhorse-good; check that Jack-a-Roe and the Bertha set closer! But of course, the Sugaree here gets the gold star. Just lovely, as it always was this year.

Set 2 - Big River, baby! I love that slick-disco approach they used around this time; the suite has some reliables throughout, esp. that light-as-a-feather Eyes, but the Jam into Not Fade Away here is the real goods - move over Cornell! This is sixteen-some minutes, and believe me, the boys (particularly Jerry) use every second.

Don't miss the Baltimore show. It's a worthy sleeper that sets us up nicely for the Hartford sendoff. And....DustTizzle - you're giving this one two stars because we all just need to 'get over' '77? And start in with '91, like you? Who says we're not?!? :)
Reviewer: DustTizzle - favoritefavorite - November 2, 2012
Subject: Lets get over 77 geeeeeeeez
Yes we all know that the GD was bomb in 1977... try listening to other stuff because some of the 1991 stuff ive been divin into is stunting... kidzzz
Reviewer: Tall Trees - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 12, 2012
Subject: Beast of a show
To echo what is generally below--OH MAMA!

Super crispy. Bookmark this one- you will be coming back for more.
Reviewer: Li Zongren - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2010
Subject: :WOW!!!!! Phil and Jerry on Eyes of The World
The Phil and Jerry conection achieves its apex with the begining of Eyes of The World. the two collide at 0:16.....plug it in to your speakers and listen to this dynsmic, since laptop speakers dont give phil any justice. You wont be disapointed in what you find!
Reviewer: Furthurite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 30, 2010
Subject: Bobby Achieves MIDI Sound
Five Star Show..During NFA at 10:49 you can hear Weir triple picking or strumming, and for an instant hear what sounds like Jerry's nineties MIDI decending water-trickle sound!! Amazing...maybe they invented that sound back then and just made it easier to achieve by using MIDI in the nineties or maybe not. What do you think? regards bros..i'll be in Kauai till next time gregman
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 1, 2009
Subject: 5-26-77
Very strong performance. Incredible sound quality.
Reviewer: rollandfin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 24, 2009
Subject: strong show
this show is a strong outing, well traded because of the sound quality, and most notably because of the sugaree, but worth it for the high time gem as well. All and all good stuff from a great time.

email me at happy to share with some good listeners.
Reviewer: swinnies - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 22, 2009
Subject: Holy Crap
Check out the NFA>GDTRFB....

This is 5 stars alone!!!!

another 77 smoker....
Reviewer: Flyerguy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 23, 2008
Subject: Yet another amazing May 77 show
As a previous reviewer had mentioned, this show is one of those oft overlooked shows seemingly under shadowing the many gems in May of 77, but this show is crispy, well executed and downright smoking........if you haven't heard it, give it a good listen...........great stuff end to end.....and the recording is a typical Betty Board.....
Reviewer: Danny Dincher - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2008
Subject: Quote the Raven....Never More!
This is for capt. doubledose. If you look up 4-19-92 That was not my first show but it certainly was the most stellar. First set starts with a strong Jack straw, then they do a strong showing of
TLEO, Peggy-O, Roses(I always loved that tune),Cumberland and a set ending Might as well.
The second set is where things go crazy. Kick-Ass Stranger Franklin's Estimated(which they kinda loop back into itstself instead of going into another tune. And then Terrapin and Drums. Then the real fun begins With the loud and insane laughter, Phil Quoting The Raven, More misc, quotes against a continued backdrop of the laughter. After that, I never looked back. Check it out in the Dead base its called the "Raven Space". Good stuff Get a copy if you can. Also a beautiful Brokedown Palace.
Reviewer: Since 77 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2008
Subject: Outrageously great show!
This show makes me smile from Phil's initial cannon shot into the opening number. The whole show is well played and fun. The good, fun vibes from this show are off the charts. And it all sounds pretty crispy to me. Even in a month of jewels, this is one of my faves!

Best Ever NFA, by a good margin. In my book, one of the Top Ten Shows of All Time! Your mileage may vary. Enjoy!
Reviewer: bomberman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2008
Subject: One hell of a performance!
I must say, this is one amazing show. The entire band is on, including Donna (and I won't get into all that DG bashing). The fact is, where I find that she quite often "failed to hit the note" on this night she was Dead on. (slight pun) So much so that the version of Looks Like Rain is one of the most kick a$$ versions I've ever heard. Donna and Bob are fantastic throughout. As for Terrapin, it's played so well that at times it almost sounds like the LP, and the Estimated Prophet is killer as well.
Overall, this is a great show with an abundance of energy and excellent sound quality to boot. A wonderful tidbit for your enjoyment and aural gratification.
Reviewer: WolfmansBrother - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2008
Subject: say what you will
about this spring 77 show v. that one, early may v. late may. they're all damn fine shows, imo.

the great playing night in, night out was accentuated by exceptional recordings.

they just sound so damn fine...again and again.
Reviewer: SpiderBaby - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 31, 2007
Subject: Beautiful sounding show!
This really is one of those shows that gets overlooked (myself included). And to top it off, this soundboard is just beautiful, really nice sounding stuff here. So many good shows from this tour- if it wasn't for the fact I was only three years old, my mommma may have let me go to the show! LOL!
Reviewer: rockinrob - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2007
Subject: Nice and tight!
Really nice show, enjoying it quite a bit. If you haven't already, take a listen - you won't be disappointed.
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 28, 2006
Subject: picky
just like jerr bear --- picky pickin --

great show
Reviewer: Lonesome Traveler - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2006
Subject: If Donna is singing on key...
...I'd hate to hear what she sounds like off key! (Oh wait, I already know!) If you can get past Donna's "warbling" this show is actually really good. In fairness to Donna, she does a decent job on Sunrise - it's her attempts at harmonizing that slay me. Still, this one is definitely worth grabbing direct from the server.
Reviewer: Liamfinnegan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 27, 2006
Subject: Love this show for what it is
As others have said- if this show were not May of 1977 there would be more superlatives. It is a very very good show.

I listened to Bertha a few times in a row- Jerry blisters in this particular Bertha- worth a listen for those who are tracking this song to find their "favorite".

I may be back as I am just up to the Terrapin
Reviewer: Dstone5553 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2005
Subject: hope you're not talking about frost
cause that whole show is magic.
Reviewer: Gonzoide - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 17, 2005
Subject: Attention Donna haters
Donna's vocals on Sunrise are awesome! Sweet, smooth and completely on-key.
Reviewer: hyperboy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 14, 2005
Subject: May 1977!!!!!!
OK. I'm almost done downloading every May 1977 show from this site. All I can say is they are all incredible. May 1977 really is my favorite month ever now for the boys! This show sounds amazing! Still not as majestic as 5/8/77 though.
Reviewer: jnipe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2005
Subject: Very solid show
I saw this one the night after the Mosque gig and I remember feeling a little let-down because this one didn't seem quite as intense. But this is a really fine show. Jeez, there are so many great shows from this time. It's mindboggling.
Reviewer: mgags - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 8, 2005
Subject says it all......
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 1, 2005
Subject: Outrageous!
Cannot believe I have never listened to this... Agree with the others though jack a roe gets a nod as well. Donna... everyone is fully on...

In a year where NFA is a staple this one at 16+ mins is classic into GDTR... Not to be missed.

With respect to Maryland I completely agree I am sure there are others but I can only think of set II of '82 playin>crazy fingers which was a letdown and thats after a sizzling first set so its a wash.
Reviewer: Capt. Cook - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 16, 2005
Subject: Sound Up!
This mix is tight and crisp and every bit perfect. High Time. Bertha. Eyes of the World. Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad. Jerry steals the show!! Micky is really smashing the drums on this one as well. The vocals sound relaxed, Donna shines, and Phil is all over the place. The Dead always seemed to play well in Maryland.
Reviewer: pdxhiker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2005
Subject: Amazing!
Monstrous Sugaree!
Terrapin>Estimated>Eyes is very tight!
Sound is A+
Reviewer: phildarkside - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 7, 2004
Subject: I do say.....
If this is not a soundboard, then I will burn the cd's and eat them!!!
Anyway, this is a crystal clear, no hiss sound board and a solid show. Sound quality does not get better than this, it is the same quality as 5/22/77 or close to it.
Well worth the DL.
Reviewer: phildarkside - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 7, 2004
Subject: I do say.....
If this is not a soundboard, then I will burn the cd's and eat them!!!
Anyway, this is a crystal clear, no hiss sound board and a solid show. Sound quality does not get better than this, it is the same quality as 5/22/77 or close to it.
Well worth the DL.
Reviewer: Deep Space - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2004
Subject: Not a sounboard
You have a funny sense of humour clown

Underated show. Crispy BOARD !!

Gets lost with all the other great May 77 shows but nonetheless is a little gem unto itself.
Reviewer: dcain - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 26, 2004
Subject: Not Fade Away----Supplication and...
During the NFA jam, Garcia's noodling works its way into the familiar patterns heard in Supplication. Towards the end of it, he summarizes with the chords that suggest Weir is about to step up and sing "Well dizzy aint the word for the way that you're makin me feel now...."

Instead, they return to a NFA verse. The drummers then switch over to the steady beat of GDTRFB....Garcia's solos are fairly inspired, especially his use of the chords. The ending is a bit odd: he tries to state the usual Bid You Goodnight-type theme, but the band seems to want to race on and do another GDTRFB verse. Then they quickly bring the whole thing down to start A&A.
Reviewer: NITSUA - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 18, 2004
Subject: Solid, On the One
My favorite Brown-Eyed Woman ever! BEW can be hit or miss sometimes, but I love this one. The pick-up notes get the song started solidly on the one, unlike the way it sometimes trickles in. In fact I think almost every song starts on a good solid downbeat here.
Reviewer: bonzohoh - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2004
Subject: May 77
IMO, a very solid show, although not as good as some of the others on this remarkable tour. The first set contains a nice setlist. Check out the Music Never Stopped/Sugaree combo...pretty nice. The rest of the first set is pretty straight forward and reaches highs typical on this May tour. The second set starts off with a strong Samson and a very gentle and perfect High Time(check out the aud. version). The second set jam is not as mind melting as 5/19 but is very well played. You'll like it for how perfect it sounds. The NFA is one of my favorites w/ an excellent Jerry/Bobby/Drums tag-a-long. Check this show out.
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